The Blue Ridge Parkway brings thousands of visitors to the area each year to admire its beauty and recreational offerings. It also has been an outdoor playground for Appalachian students, faculty and the community of Boone for generations. However, high usage and careless behavior occurring in some areas leaves irreversible impact.
Why walk? In 1989, two young women from Appalachian State University were abducted and raped by the same man. One died. One survived. Although the events took place off campus, the Walk for Awareness began as a campus response to their experience.
Carefully digging, scraping and sifting. It's how archeologists seek clues into human history. Students at Appalachian State University learn these skills—and find cool artifacts—in a field archeology course each summer.
For many years Appalachian State University has been a leader in renewable energy and environmental research. A new institute on campus is now expanding the university's outreach as well as its ability to partner with business and industry in other institutions to find workable solutions. With me to discuss this new endeavor is John Pine, director of Appalachian's Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics.
In July 2008, Holden Thorp became the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's tenth chancellor. A Carolina alumnus and a former dean of UNC's college of arts and sciences, Chancellor Thorpe has been described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a chemist by profession who holds the prestigious Kenan professorship at Chapel Hill and a musician who loves jazz and rock and roll. We'll talk about higher education in North Carolina, its challenges, and its opportunities from chancellor Thorp's unique perspective.